Sherry Deren, PhD
CDUHR - Co-Director
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing - Senior Research Scientist
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing - Adjunct Professor
PhD, Social Psychology, Columbia University
MPhil, Social Psychology, Columbia University
MA, Experimental/General Psychology, Hofstra University
BA, Psychology, Brooklyn College
Research Interests
HIV and Aging, IDUs, Outreach interventions, Interdisciplinary research, Research dissemination and implementation
Sherry Deren is the co-director of the NIDA-funded P30 Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), and is associate director of the CDUHR Pilot Projects and Mentoring Core. Dr. Deren is a social psychologist, and has been Principal Investigator for many NIDA-funded research projects related to drug use and HIV. Her recent research interests have included multi-disciplinary studies on the impact of drug injection on immune activation, and multi-level influences on HIV risk behaviors among Puerto Rican drug users in Puerto Rico and NYC. Dr. Deren is a co-founder and steering committee member of the New York HIV Research Centers Consortium, comprised of over 25 HIV Research Centers in the New York tri-State area, and serves on the scientific advisory boards of several HIV-related research centers. She has served on numerous NIH research review committees, and is an author of over 150 articles related to HIV/AIDS among high-risk substance users.
Principal Investigator, Correlates and Consequences of Increased Immune Activation in HIV+ and – IDUs. Active
Principal Investigator, Drug Abuse Research on GALT and HIV Pathogenesis. Completed
Principal Investigator, Expanded Syringe Access Program: NY Evaluation (ESAP). Completed
Principal Investigator, Intervention for Migrant Puerto Rican Drug Users (Bienvenidos Project). Completed
Principal Investigator, Puerto Rican Drug Users in NY & PR: HIV Risk Behavior Determinants (ARIBBA I & II). Completed


Manuel JI, Yuan Y, Herman DB, Svikis DS, Nichols O, Palmer E, Deren S (2017).
Barriers and facilitators to successful transition from long-term residential substance abuse treatment
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 74, 16-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2016.12.001. PMCID: PMC5310811.

Deren S, Cleland CM, Lee H, Mehandru S, Markowitz M (2016).
The relationship between injection drug use risk behaviors and markers of immune activation
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes [Epub 2016 Dec 7]. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000001270.

Markowitz M, Deren S, Cleland C, La Mar M, Silva E, Batista P, St. Bernard L, Gettie N, Rodriguez K, Evering TH, Lee H, Mehandru S (2016).
Chronic hepatitis C infection and the pro-inflammatory effects of injection drug use
Journal of Infectious Diseases, 214 (9), 1376-1382. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiw373. PMCID: PMC5079368.

Batista P, Deren S, Banfield A, Silva E, Cruz M, Garnes P, Cleland CM, Mehandru S, LaMar M, Markowitz M (2016).
Challenges in recruiting people who use drugs for HIV-related biomedical research: Perspectives from the field
AIDS Patient Care and STDS, 30 (8), 379-384. doi: 10.1089/apc.2016.0135. PMCID: PMC4991596.

Mehandru S, Deren S, Kang SY, Banfield A, Garg A, Garmon D, LaMar M, Evering TH, Markowitz M (2015).
Behavioural, mucosal and systemic immune parameters in HIV-infected and uninfected injection drug users
Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, 6 (4), 1000257. doi: 10.4172/2155-6105.1000257. PMCID: PMC4765000.


Deren S, Gelpi-Acosta C, Albizu-Garcia CE, Gonzalez A, Des Jarlais DC, Santiago-Negron S (2014).
Addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic among Puerto Rican people who inject drugs: The need for a multiregion approach
American Journal of Public Health, 104 (11), 2030-2036. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302114. PMCID: PMC4192034.

Deren S, Shedlin M, Kang SY, Cortes DE (2011).
HIV risk and prevention among Hispanic immigrants in New York: The salience of diversity
Substance Use and Misuse, 46 (2-3), 254-263. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2011.523215.

Deren S, Cleland CM, Fuller C, Kang SY, Des Jarlais DC, Vlahov D (2006).
The impact of syringe deregulation on sources of syringes for injection drug users: Preliminary findings
AIDS and Behavior, 10 (6), 717-721. doi: 10.1007/s10461-006-9096-4.

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